The Capitol has been controlling all the districts for 74
years. They do so by using the Hunger Games, a form of psychological
oppression. The Hunger Games was created a long time ago when the 13 districts
uprose against the Capitol and failed miserably. The Capitol instituted “The
Treaty of Treason” which brought the Hunger Games into existence. This allowed
the Capitol show off its power over the districts by taking away their children
and making them kill one another.
The purpose for it was to humiliatingly and torturously
remind the citizens of the districts yearly about the failed uprising and for
it to be never repeated again. It produces a loud message which emphasizes that
the districts are completely at the Capitol’s mercy which suppresses them from
an uprising against the Capitol.
This method works due to a number of factors.
Firstly, it imposes the idea of opposing districts. In the
Hunger Games, the children are picked from each district to fight each other to
the death. This creates a competitive environment between the districts which
make the people in one district hate the other districts, as there have
definitely been deaths caused by them. This reduces the chances of cooperation
between the districts for a rebellion against the Capitol.
Secondly, the Hunger Games strengthens the idea that the
current circumstance was caused due to their own wrongdoings (the rebellion),
which makes the people shift the blame from the Capitol to themselves. This
causes them to feel guilty for sending their own children to die in the Games.
In order to prevent anything worse from happening, they dare not to repeat
their mistakes and reattempt at a rebellion.
Thirdly, the Hunger Games is the way of the Capitol to put
themselves in a good light. The Capitol is limiting the amount of food that the
districts get, causing them to go hungry. Then the Capitol offers something
called a “tesserae”, which gives you extra food in return for an entry into the
Hunger Games; and if you win the Hunger Games, you would get to live your life
without ever worrying about food. The Capitol uses this strategy to pretend that
they are generous people and that the districts should be thanking them, which
reduces the motivation for an uprising.
Last but not least, the Hunger Games have normalized deaths
and violence. For the people living in the districts, they think that the
Hunger Games is how they live now and is part of their life no matter what. For
the people in the Capitol, they simply think the Hunger Games is just a mere
television show, they do not see beyond that. The cruelty, hunger suffered by
the people have been normalized and they do not think that it is an inhumane